The majority of the million tons of nonwovens produced every year contain synthetic fibers such as polyester or polypropylene. Those materials have a huge ecological footprint because they degrade into tiny plastic particles which will be in the environment for hundreds of years.
Baby and other wet wipes are typical single-use products for which “green” alternatives are asked for. Cotton fibers are around for several hundreds of years and an ideal raw material for making sustainable wipes. Cotton fibers are skin-friendly, soft, highly absorbent and biodegradable. Top-quality wet wipes can be made from bleached or unbleached virgin cotton or even from comber noils – and they deliver the original “cotton-touch”.
The efficient production of cotton nonwovens is childs-play with Trützschler Nonwovens’ cotton lines. Specialized roller cards like the random and the airlay card gently process cotton fibers into homogeneous webs. The AquaJet entangles the fibers with high-pressure water jets – the material acquires the required strength without using chemical binders. So cotton wipes convince both producers and consumers.